Google’s Niantic Labs has already found great success with the hit augmented reality game Ingress, and now the development team behind the game is teaming with international bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard), to create a mobile AR game that will tie into his latest young adult trilogy, Endgame.
The game will not only help readers/gamers unlock certain mysteries and secrets from the books, but Google Niantic will also be distributing six Endgame novellas exclusively through the Google Play store.
The first book in the trilogy, Endgame: The Calling will be published by HarperCollins on October 7, 2014, and according to the publisher: “Each book in the Endgame trilogy will feature an interactive puzzle comprised of clues and riddles throughout the text. A major prize is at stake for each book in the Endgame series. For Endgame: The Calling, a quantity of gold will be on public display in a secure bullet-proof glass case. When the puzzle is solved, a key is found and the gold can be claimed—an event which will be broadcast live on YouTube.”
Says John Hanke, VP of Product, Niantic Labs: “James has a great vision for telling stories in an integrated way across books, film, social media, and mobile games. We are delighted to bring our technology and expertise to bear on a project that is helping to define the future of entertainment.”
Look for the new augmented reality game to hit iOS and Android devices late 2014.